Meet The Franklin Apprenticeships Team

Franklin Apprenticeships is home to a group of dedicated professionals who are passionate about the positive impact we provide for the businesses, communities, and individuals we serve.

We invite you to learn more about some of our talented team members.

Executive Team:

Kimberly Nichols
Kimberly NicholsCo-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
How Kim is Changing the American Workforce
As Co-Founder and CEO of Franklin Apprenticeships, Kim Nichols is igniting a movement, one reimagining the power of modernized apprenticeships to solve the workforce talent gap and educational debt crisis facing the U.S. today.
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Jackie Griffin
Jackie GriffinChief Operating Officer
How Jackie is Changing the American Workforce
Jackie Griffin brings 20+ years of experience in senior-level leadership to bear in creating the transformative initiatives that make Franklin Apprenticeships so unique.
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Dominic Gill
Dominic GillCo-Founder
How Dom is Changing the American Workforce
Dom is one of the industry’s leading apprenticeship experts, specializing in working with employers, workforce systems, and training providers to deploy programs built on best practices, yet tailored specifically to meet the unique goals of each program.
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Scott Turnbaugh
Scott TurnbaughDirector of Employer Engagement
How Scott is Changing the American Workforce
Scott brings to Franklin extensive experience from his previous roles in marketing and sales leadership for fast-growing Fortune 500 start-ups. At Franklin he is leading a team eager to match the hiring needs of IT and Automotive business owners with exceptional apprentice candidates.
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Meredith Millet
Meredith MilletDirector of Recruiting
How Meredith is Changing the American Workforce
Finding the perfect match between candidate and employer is at the very heart of Franklin’s modern apprenticeship program, and Meredith’s 20+ years of experience in the field of recruitment clearly demonstrates that she has the skills necessary to help reshape the American workforce.
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Jennifer Alterwitz
Jennifer AlterwitzChief Marketing Officer
How Jennifer is Changing the American Workforce
Jennifer’s expertise in strategy development, defining and articulating business value, and executing the resulting plan is positioning Franklin Apprenticeships to help solve US skilled labor shortages while transforming lives, communities, and industries.
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Employer Engagement Team:

Brenton Brown
Brenton BrownEmployer Engagement Manager
How Brenton is Changing the American Workforce
As a business owner and an entrepreneur, Brenton understands what goes into building success: an exceptional workforce. He’s using this knowledge to engage with Missouri automotive employers interested in using modern apprenticeships to find – and train – exceptional workers.
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Lauren DeSalvo
Lauren DeSalvoEmployer Engagement Manager
How Lauren is Changing the American Workforce
Lauren works closely with visionary employers searching for innovative ways to close the digital skills gap. She helps businesses define their unique technology needs, then uses that knowledge to connect them with motivated, relevant candidates and a structured, proven digital apprenticeship program.
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Jennifer Fryer
Jennifer FryerEmployer Engagement Manager
How Jennifer is Changing the American Workforce
It’s Jennifer’s passion for making connections, growing relationship, and helping people that drives her success in finding forward-thinking employers. Employers who are able to see the true value that modern apprenticeships provide to their business and communities.
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Kari Eckelkamp
Kari EckelkampEmployer Engagement Manager
How Kari is Changing the American Workforce
Kari understands all sides of the hiring equation. Having spent over ten years working with job seekers on everything from recruitment to placement, she also recognizes the unique challenges faced by businesses trying to find and retain top talent in high demand industries, such as IT.
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Operations Team:

Alison Nauman
Alison NaumanProject Manager
How Alison is Changing the American Workforce
Modernizing American apprenticeships requires utilization of robust technology and strategic processes for success. Fortunately for us, that’s where Alison’s skills truly shine.
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Taylor Vigilante
Taylor VigilanteSales Support Representative
How Taylor is Changing the American Workforce
Taylor brings experience in customer service and account management to Franklin, assisting with sales and recruitment efforts for both employers and potential apprentices. Her skills with relationship building and troubleshooting make her a natural for facilitating and navigating the processes that bring new businesses and individuals on board.
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Trish Woodward
Trish WoodwardMarketing Coordinator
How Trish is Changing the American Workforce
Trish’s job is to connect the dots, to articulate the powerful vision and the endless possibilities offered through Franklin Apprenticeships to a variety of audiences, from potential apprentices to innovative employers to strategic partners.
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Franklin Associates:

Michael Bolton
Michael BoltonVice President for Apprenticeship Service, MAXIMUS
How Michael is Changing the American Workforce
Michael is the Vice President of Apprenticeship Services for MAXIMUS, a core partner working with Franklin to develop and grow an essential aspect of our pioneering approach to modern apprenticeships: Success Coaches.
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Robin Ferguson
Robin FergusonAutomotive Subject Matter Expert ASE Education Foundation Field Manager, Missouri
How Robin is Changing the American Workforce
Robin’s involvement in the automotive service industry spans fifty years, as an employer, as an employee, and as a teacher. Now he serves as a Field Manager for the ASE Education Foundation,
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Mary Harris
Mary HarrisFranklin Associate
How Mary is Changing the American Workforce
Mary brings her extensive knowledge and specialized experiences in building apprenticeship programs to us from the United Kingdom, where a range of roles within work-based learning provided her with invaluable expertise and knowledge.
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Christina Hurtado
Christina HurtadoSuccess Coach Manager
How Christina is Changing the American Workforce
Christina loves helping others achieve success, which makes her the perfect person to train and manage Franklin’s mission-critical Success Coaches. As the front-line team members who identify and meet the needs critical for apprentices to complete the program, Success Coaches play a key role in defining what individuals can accomplish through modern apprenticeships.
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Les Meadows
Les MeadowsFranklin Associate
How Les is Changing the American Workforce
Les’ vast experience in developing, executing, and leading award-winning IT apprenticeships enables the team at Franklin Apprenticeships to create and fast-track successful programs based on proven best practices.
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Andy Smyth
Andy SmythFranklin Associate
How Andy is Changing the American Workforce
Andy has worked in apprenticeships for over 33 years and wholeheartedly believes in helping individuals reach their full potential. This focus on empowering participants has paved the way for him to deliver large-scale apprenticeship programs for global organizations.
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Trish Serratore
Trish SerratoreSenior Vice President, Communications National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
How Trish is Changing the American Workforce
Trish Serratore serves as the Senior Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for ASE and represents a powerful partner of Franklin, one that enables us to remain on the leading edge of innovative and successful modern apprenticeships within the automotive sector.
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